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From Duel to Dispute

The Argument between Pacífico and Cupidio within Valerián de Hungría (1540)

Giulia Tomasi    Università degli Studi di Trento, Italia    



This article highlights the variety that characterises the Spanish romances of chivalry as a genre. The uniqueness of Valerián de Hungría by Dionís Clemente (1540) is given by its rich content and lexicon. By the end of the book, the author includes a heated debate between two knights whose opinions about love contrast. They are Pacífico and Cupidio. Such a dispute needs to be studied in light of the bibliography about the genre within the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, in order to find out which elements Clemente re-elaborates. The investigation develops through the comparison with a few episodes taken from other romances of chivalry, but also with the ideology spread within contemporary works in which the same themes of Valerián are remarked.

Keywords: Romances of Chivalry. Valerián de Hungría. Literary dialogues. Misogyny. Beauty. | Valerián de Hungría. Bellezza. Misoginia. Dialogo letterario. Libri di cavalleria.

Language: it

Submitted: July 28, 2017   Accepted: June 6, 2019   Published: June 21, 2019  

permalink: http://doi.org/10.30687/Ri/2037-6588/2019/111/001

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